The Coliseum, situated on the east side of Portland Terrace between Portland Street and Spa Road, was opened in 1880 as a skating rink. The original corrugated iron building was replaced by a new building in 1910 which subsequently became a music hall. In World War One it was used as an army clothes depot, and in the next war as an emergency telephone exchange. Until demolition in 1965, to make way for the Inner Ring Road and an extension to the Daily Echo offices, it was the largest meeting hall and interior sports venue in Southampton.

Coliseum, Portland Terrace

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Photograph, c1960

Interior, 1910

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Independent Order of Oddfellows Centenary Conference, 14-20 May 1910. The Conference was overshadowed by the death of King Edward VII on 6 May, especially as the guest of honour was to have been the Prince of Wales, who was now George V.


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